Europe: all cars in the union to feature emergency call system after 2018 image

In the European Union all new cars delivered as of March 2018 will need to have installed the necessary technology that enables the driver or passengers to contact emergency services from inside the car in case of a crash.

The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee took a vote this Tuesday, approving with a 26 to 3 majority the EU draft rules that would see eCall technology mandatory – a system that is able to call the continental 112 emergency number automatically if an accident is detected. The technology is already in place in some automaker lineups, for example in the case of General Motors the United States and Canada are covered by the company’s OnStar service – which is able to call for emergency assistance if a crash is detected. The largest US automaker and the third-biggest in the world, GM has already set up the roll out of the service in its European division Opel/Vauxhall beginning with August in thirteen major European markets, such as Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain.

The recent vote followed an approved deal in March that had the European Union’s 28 member states outline the prerequisite requirements for all automakers, though the rules will become de facto law only after another voting round in the full European Parliament in April. Separate, but linked rules have already come into effect since June 2014, setting up the timetable for the EU members to have the required infrastructure to handle eCalls in place by October 2017.

Via Automotive News Europe